The last of Delta Air Lines' 18 Boeing 777s, each with 45 BusinessElite seats per aircraft, and all 21 Boeing 767-400ERs – each of...

Delta Air Lines reports that it has completed the installation of full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabins of all its Boeing 777s and 767-400ERs.

The last of Delta Air Lines’ 18 Boeing 777s (10 777-200LRs and eight 777-200ERs), each with 45 BusinessElite seats per aircraft, and all 21 Boeing 767-400ERs – each of which has 40 BusinessElite seats – have been retrofitted with full flat-bed seats. Each seat includes direct aisle access.

“A full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access is a premium cabin feature that’s important to our customers and we’re delivering,” says Tim Mapes, senior vice president – Marketing.  “Installing full flat-bed seats on each of our widebody international aircraft is a major component of the $2 billion investment Delta is making in our product and customer experience over the next two years.”

The Boeing 777-200LR is the longest-haul aircraft type in Delta Air Lines' huge fleet. Delta operates 10 of the ultra-long-haul widebodies

Next up for the BusinessElite-cabin upgrade with Thompson Aero Seating Vantage flat-bed sleeper seats are Delta’s Boeing 767-300ERs, of which the carrier operates 58. Delta says it will complete its first Boeing 767-300ER installation in August.

To date, more than 25 per cent of Delta’s widebody international fleet has received the upgrade and the airline says its entire widebody international fleet of more than 140 aircraft will be flying with full flat-bed seats in their BusinessElite cabins by the end of 2013.

Delta’s investment to enhance the customer experience includes work on its new Terminal 4 at New York JFK, opening in 2013; and the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in Atlanta, due to open in 2012.

Pending government approval of an agreement between Delta and US Airways to transfer takeoff and landing rights at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington D.C.’s Reagan National airports, Delta says it also will spend up to $117 million to expand, renovate and consolidate terminals C and D at LaGuardia over the next two years.

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